Downs Lead Top 5 As The Kings Of Possession
Sundowns Top Possession Charts
Mamelodi Sundowns have been the most efficient team, so far, this season, in terms of keeping hold of the ball in the Absa Premiership.
Click through the images above to see the top five average possession figures for teams in the PSL.
Possession in football games is arguably considered an indication of dominance, giving teams the ability to take control of the game and attack the opposition’s goal, and Pitso Mosimane’s team have been the best in that regard at this point in the 2017/18 season at this stage.
To date, the Brazilians have held possession for 58.9% of their three league games against SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Free State Stars, with possession-based football being a key factor in their recent dominance on the pitch over the past few years under Mosimane. However, with the team currently eighth on the log, it also shows that possession doesn’t count for everything.
Second in terms of average possession this season are the struggling champions, Bidvest Wits, who have kept 56.7 % of possession in their five games to date, but have yet to win a single game thus far and occupy 15th place.
Chippa United, who have adopted a possession-based style in recent seasons under the now-departed Dan Malesela, have also been efficient at retaining possession with an average figure of 56.3%, while Ajax Cape Town are fourth, having kept possession for 56% of their four games so far, while SuperSport United round of the top five with an average possession figure of 50.7%.
Interestingly, the early pace setters in the league, the current top four, Golden Arrows, Baroka FC, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City, have all recorded possession figures below 50%. This could be an early sound that counter-attacking football has become the most efficient approach to collecting results in the PSL this season.
Do you think that possession is a decisive factor when it comes to winning games?